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Grace Griffin

Grace Griffin, Copy Editor

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Head Over Feels: The story doesn’t end here

Head Over Feels: The story doesn’t end here

May 11, 2020

I started writing love columns by accident.  One Wednesday during the first semester of my sophomore year, my boyfriend at the time broke up with me at approximately 5:30 p.m. I had a Beacon production...

Head Over Feels: Navigating hook-up culture as a serial monogamist

Head Over Feels: Navigating hook-up culture as a serial monogamist

January 22, 2020

I am a Taurus sun sign with Cancer moon and Venus placements. Astrologically speaking, that means I’m a clingy little baby when it comes to relationships. It means I get attached to people too easily...

Head Over Feels: Where can I show my queer identity?

Head Over Feels: Where can I show my queer identity?

December 12, 2019

During the first semester of my freshman year in 2017, I walked into my suite mates’ room and closed the door behind me. “I think I’m bisexual,” I told them, to which they both responded, “Cool!...

Cannabis Column: The high cost of criminal cannabis charges

Cannabis Column: The high cost of criminal cannabis charges

November 19, 2019

One night in early 2018, a friend and I sat on a bench in the Boston Common and smoked cannabis. A Boston police officer approached us; “There’s no smoking in the Common, but just finish up that bowl...

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Junior returns funds raised for homeless men following discovery of sex-offender status

October 22, 2019

Junior Karigan Wright disabled her GoFundMe campaign for three local homeless men after learning all are registered as level-three sex offenders in Massachusetts.  Karigan raised almost $3,000 for...

Children with pursuits that aren’t conventionally academic should not be discouraged from pursuing what they love. / Illustration by Ally Rzesa

Abandoning creative pursuits in the name of success

September 24, 2019

I started playing the piano and taking painting and drawing classes outside of school at age nine. In eighth grade, I studied art history for the first time and aced my final exam on Italian Renaissance...

Grace Griffin - Graphic By Ally Rzesa / Berkeley Beacon Staff

Head Over Feels: Anthems of my recovery

September 9, 2019

*Content Warning: This article discusses themes of violence, trauma, and sexual assault. The first time I heard a musical artist sing openly about sexual assault was in the song “Innocent Party”...

Grace Griffin - Graphic By Ally Rzesa / Berkeley Beacon Staff

Head Over Feels: Swipe right to calm dating anxiety

March 13, 2019

Almost every Tinder date I go on is with someone I already know. A few weeks ago, I was swiping through the app when I saw an acquaintance. After exchanging a few messages, he asked me, “Why are you...

Lily Doolin (top right) and TJ Coste (bottom right) read Mystic members’ tarot cards at the first meeting of the fall 2018 semester. •  Courtesy of Kyle Eber

Mystic organization creates platform for Paganism

February 21, 2019

When sophomore Kyle Eber was a child, his mother came home from work one day and he immediately sensed something was wrong. Eber asked her why she was sad, even though she never mentioned it. Throughout...

Grace Griffin - Graphic By Ally Rzesa / Berkeley Beacon Staff

Head Over Feels: Have some respect. Stop ghosting.

January 14, 2019

My last “breakup” happened with a guy whom I never officially dated. I use the term “breakup” loosely because he didn’t end things with me—he ghosted me. For about a month, I regularly...

Grace Griffin - Graphic By Ally Rzesa / Berkeley Beacon Staff

Head Over Feels: The anxiety of dating with a mental illness

October 30, 2018

In the fourth grade, I had my first panic attack—at least, the first one I remember. It happened at a softball game. I worked myself up to the verge of tears because of some irrational fear of becoming...

Junior Liza Rogulina makes and sells her own Emerson-inspired buttons. Photo by Erin Nolan / Beacon Staff

Junior turns Emerson inside jokes into buttons

October 16, 2018

Students on campus can be seen sporting pins on their jackets and backpacks with professor Chester Lee and his infamous catchphrase, “If I may,” or ones that read “Don’t kiss fascists,” a quote...

Rebecca Morgan Brusker 18 and Hillary Clinton / Courtesy of Kristen Blush

Alumna captures inspiration found in Hillary Clinton’s campaign

September 20, 2018

When Hillary Clinton saw Rebecca Morgan Brubaker ‘18 at a book signing, Brubaker told Clinton her idea for a documentary about the 2016 election. Clinton grabbed Brubaker’s hands and asked how she...

Grace Griffin - Graphic By Ally Rzesa / Berkeley Beacon Staff

Head Over Feels: Long-distance love will never be convenient

September 20, 2018

When I was 15, I remember hearing the lyric, “This love will never be convenient," in the Front Bottoms song “Tattooed Tears.” Although The Front Bottoms still remain my favorite band, I always...

EAGLE changes name to broaden inclusivity

EAGLE changes name to broaden inclusivity

September 13, 2018

Even the president of EAGLE, Christopher Henderson-West said he felt othered by the name “Emerson’s Alliance for Gays, Lesbians, and Everyone.” The junior, who identifies as bisexual, said the mention...

Director of Intercultural Student Affairs Tamia Jordan handles name and gender changes on file for students. Beacon Archives

Intercultural Student Affairs emcees hip-hop month

April 19, 2018

At age 14, Elmer Martinez started dancing in Lowell’s underground hip-hop scene. He said hip-hop influenced his upbringing, and he saw a lack of that culture at Emerson. When he pitched a dance battle...

Katie Johnson (left) and Suzie Hicks (right) are co-chairs for Out of the Darkness. Photo by Justin Scott Johnson.

Out of the Darkness walk illuminates suicide prevention

April 4, 2018

For the second year in a row, Emerson will join Northeastern University, Boston University, and other Boston schools in hosting an Out of the Darkness Campus Walk, organized by senior Suzie Hicks....

Style Column: Giving credit is always in season

Style Column: Giving credit is always in season

April 4, 2018

On the red carpet, it is common that women are asked about their clothes more often than men. Yet recently, many female celebrities are combating this. For example, in 2014, Cate Blanchett called out...

This month, Emerson Polling Society has surveyed marijuana opinions nationwide.

More than half of Americans support marijuana legalization, says ECPS poll

March 27, 2018

The Emerson Polling Society made a name for itself by receiving national attention for polling the 2016 presidential election. This month, their polling efforts are going toward collecting data on public...

Kaylee Largay is organizing Cambiar Festival, a 2019 music, arts, and fashion event in Boston. Photo courtesy of Kaylee Largay.

Cambiar Festival shines light on rare cancer research

March 15, 2018

When Kaylee Largay ‘17 was a freshman her mother passed away from Leiomyosarcoma, a rare form of cancer. Since then, Largay knew she wanted to give back and raise money to support cancer research. Largay...

Lydia Albonesi is bringing Survivor Love Letter, a campaign inspired by the #MeToo movement, to Emerson. Photo: Brooke Northup / Beacon Correspondent

Freshman brings viral valentine campaign to campus

February 14, 2018

Propelled by the #MeToo movement, Lydia Albonesi brought Survivor Love Letter—a social media campaign where participants write love letters to survivors of sexual assault—to Emerson for Valentine’s...

Refugees (You Will Find No Other Seas) is the focal point of the Urban Arts Gallerys new William Kentridge Exhibit. Photo: Courtesy of Joseph Ketner II.

Urban Arts to exhibit famed South African artist

February 7, 2018

On April 21, 2016, William Kentridge covered the Tiber embankment in Rome with six-foot-tall plastic stencils. He used powerful jets to spray the 550-yard section of the wall with water, washing away...

Senior Erin Jean Hussey runs for a reason

Senior Erin Jean Hussey runs for a reason

January 24, 2018

First time marathon runner and senior Erin Jean Hussey will tread over 26 miles through the streets of Boston to raise money and awareness for survivors of domestic, sexual, and dating violence.   “In...

Amber Gideon has moved on from ballads and taken on comedy in her songwriting. (Courtesy of Amber Gideon)

Alum performs song “Skinnyfat” to satirize body image

January 18, 2018

The inspiration for the newest single “Skinnyfat” by Amber Gideon ‘06 came from peers teasingly comparing her body to Jell-O in high school. Her self-noted, seemingly never disappearing muffin...

Mercedes Lamb has been drawing posters featuring Griff the Lion for the office of Student Engagement and Leadership (SEAL).
ILLUSTRATION BY MERCEDES LAMB

Emerson mascot Griff the Lion gets a new look

December 7, 2017

Emerson’s newly reimagined lion mascot fits in well with the student body, sporting a “man bun,” gauges, and flannel. Senior and graphic designer Mercedes Lamb designed Griff the Lion...

Vera Satana and Valentina Amaro are co-editors-in-chief of Raíz Latinoamericanas new magazine.CASSANDRA MARTINEZ / BEACON STAFF

Raíz Latinoamericana spreads roots on campus

November 25, 2017

After two years on campus, Raíz Latinoamericana is expanding from theater into publishing a magazine, a short film, and a documentary showcasing the Latinx community at Emerson. Senior Valentina...

Vivien Liu, the co-president of ASIA, led the planning efforts to bring ECAASUs Engage to campus.CASSANDRA MARTINEZ / BEACON STAFF

ASIA to host conference with panel, performances

November 8, 2017

Asian Students for Intercultural Awareness is launching Engage: The First Campus Tour, a new one-day student conference, this Saturday. ASIA is teaming up with the East Coast Asian American...

Freshmen Rashona Kumar and Bethany Knickerbocker are working together to start the first Camp Kesem at Emerson.
CASSANDRA MARTINEZ / BEACON STAFF

Freshmen aim to start summer camp

October 18, 2017

When she was 10, Rishona Kumar went to Camp Kesem, a weeklong summer program led by college-student counselors for children with parents who have cancer. Now, Kumar is looking to help the next...

Seniors Suzie Hicks and Ellie Penfield-Cyr are expanding Project WOW into a five-day Hidden Lantern festival.
Lindsey Toomer / Beacon Correspondent

Hidden Lantern festival to shine light on mental health

October 4, 2017

Last April, over 200 students packed into a Walker classroom for the one-night event Project WOW, an art fair promoting mental health. The festival will return for five days this November under a new...

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